Here's a quote from their announcement:
Congrats to Leslie on snaring another union endorsement. For those who don't realize it, Leslie has been a friend of labor for many year, and often at great personal cost when it was not popular to stand up for Virginia's working men and women. Her history with organized labor goes way back and she has earned every endorsement she has received or will receive.
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 51 proudly endorses Leslie Byrne for the candidacy for the U.S. Congress in the 11th District of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2008. For over 20 years she has been an advocate for working families. She has an unblemished record for defending workers rights by addressing issues important to working families in the legislature. We are confident she will continue to be a voice for us in the U.S. Congress to advance the common good of all.